We all love nature and cherish the natural beauty
around us. The onset of spring gives us a new feel
and brings us more closer to the nature than ever.
The eyes cherish the lush green views while the nose
feels the fragrance of the flowers and the
vegetation; giving us a new vibe and taking our
innate love for nature to new heights. Though
knowing that the spring lasts for only a couple of
weeks we still wait for this season throughout the
Humankind has been celebrating spring over the last thousands of years in different colourful ways. One nation on the face of planet Earth has got its own way of celebrating the spring season. They call it the flower viewing festival and mark it with deep love and respect for nature especially cherry blossom. Never ever have we seen the viewing of flowers carried out so devotedly that itself became a ritual.
The following pictures show the awe-inspiring Japanese festival of viewing flowers called Hanami.
Hanami is the Japanese traditional festival of savoring the beauty of flowers especially the cherry blossom. It originates from the Japanese words ‘hana’ which means flower and ‘mi’ which means seeing. People across the country flock to the gardens to view the beautiful pink attractions. (Photo - ajpscs)
Television channels in the country broadcast special blossom forecast. It keenly followed by Hanami enthusiasts as the bloom lasts for just couple of weeks.
Special arrangements are made for night time viewing of the cherry blossom. (Photo - Carlos A Varela)
The observation of the festival dates back to hundreds of years and is said to have originated when Empress Gemmei founded then Japanese capital Nara in 710 AD. (Photo - Christopher L Peacock) symbol of purity and planted it in the grounds of the Emperor’s palace. (Photo - guzhengman)
A view of the Summer Palace in Beijing. The custom is thought to be borrowed from the Chinese Yang Dynasty which had a tradition of cherishing natural beauty. The Tang rulers regarded flowers as a symbol of purity and planted it in the grounds of the Emperor’s palace. (Photo - guzhengman)
The flower viewing festival marks the beginning of the rice planting season in the country. Centuries ago people across the country made offering to gods and celebrated the onset of spring. (Photo - Steph & Adam)